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Veteran Qantas pilot and aviation executive takes key ATSB role

written by Jake Nelson | August 8, 2023

ATSB aviation commissioner Peter Wilson. (Image: ATSB)

A former Qantas chief pilot and airline executive has been appointed as the ATSB’s new aviation commissioner.

Peter Wilson, who began working for the Flying Kangaroo as a pilot in 1985, has around 17,500 professional flight hours and has held numerous executive positions, including COO and interim CEO of Tigerair as well as COO of Qantas.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Catherine King said Wilson’s “significant operational and senior executive experience” will bring “high levels of technical expertise, experience and credibility” to the transport safety watchdog’s aviation oversight.

“Mr Wilson has served on a number of boards and will bring to the ATSB high levels of technical expertise, experience and credibility across the aviation industry,” said Ms King.

“This appointment ensures that the ATSB’s Commission continues to have high levels of experience across rail, maritime and air transport – the three modes of transport for which they have investigatory responsibility.”


Wilson also served as Qantas’s senior check captain Boeing 767, general manager of Boeing 767 operations, and general manager of Airbus A330 operations. He has worked as a professional consultant aside from his executive roles.

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